Impressions of my trips to Japan

Tea house My first trip to Japan with my quilter friend Verena Matter in 2009 was a wonderful experience, and I immediately felt at home in that country and among its people. Every aspect of their culture intrigued and fascinated me. So I felt extremely lucky when the two of us were invited by Bernina Japan to teach workshops in several Japanese cities! The plan was to go there in November 2011, but the disaster in Northern Japan in March of that year changed everything. Touched by the misery of the thousands of victims, we made a call to collect quilts for them among ...

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Invitation to Ōsaka

Osaka Castle We are boarding the plane on November 11, 2016, heading for Osaka with a stop in Helsinki. This is our fifth trip to Japan, and Osaka is a place to be discovered! People are very open and friendly, the city is modern and has a lot to offer: Osaka Castle, Bunraku Theatre, Semba Textile Center, Dotonbori, etc. After three days of sightseeing, we are preparing our exhibition at the "Happy Quilt and Handcraft Market", taking place at the ATC Hall from November 17 to 19. 10'000 visitors are coming to see our quilts, and we enjoy every minute of the exhibition! Thank ...

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Japan 2013

Skeleton of a former district building "Devastation and Hope" : Somehow, everything is symbolic: we can hardly go to sleep tonight, even though we are really tired after the first week of our workshop tour with Bernina Japan. But maybe we can already feel some tension because tomorrow, we will be visiting the Tôhoku region which was devastated after the Tsunami in 2011. Just when we manage to go to sleep, we wake up because the bed is shaking: an earthquake! A very strange feeling, but we try not be scared and go back to sleep eventually. In the morning, we realize that the earthquake h...

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Japan 2011

Verena and Marianne packing the Quilts for Japan “Quilts for Japan” : Verena and I have wonderful memories of our trip to Japan in spring 2009. We visited the country at it’s best time, at the peak of the cherry blossom . We were fascinated by the country and it’s people. After coming back home, we visited cultural events about Japan and continued to learn Japanese. Soon enough we made new plans and booked another trip in the fall of 2011. When the Tohoku disaster happened in March 2011, we were devastated and suffered with the Japanese people. Our trip seemed in danger, but we could not just sit around and do nothi...

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